‘Big Fish’ author at Rock Valley College Nov. 8

Staff Report

The Rock Valley College (RVC) Composition and Literature Department presents this year’s Visiting Writer Series special guest, Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.

Wallace will present a lecture and book-signing at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Student Center Atrium on RVC’s main campus, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford.

Wallace is a storyteller who’s been called one of the finest contemporary comic novelists. His tall tales are flush with classic myth, magical realism and always a touch of the extraordinary. He is the author of four novels, including Big Fish, which was adapted into a blockbuster film of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003 and is being developed into a major Broadway production.

In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly described Big Fish as “refreshing” and “original,” and The New York Times described the bestseller as “comic and poignant.”

Wallace’s fifth novel, The Kings and Queens of Roam, will be published in 2013.

Many of his drawings have graced the occasional greeting card or refrigerator magnet, and several make up the children’s book O Great Rosenfeld!, which he wrote and illustrated. His illustrations have also been published in The Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair.

Recently, Wallace has also found success as a screenwriter. His first short film, Two Legged Rat Bastards, was released in 2011 and played at film festivals across the country.

The astute viewer will recognize Wallace as the actor playing an Auburn University professor in the aforementioned Big Fish film adaptation. He is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For further information about the Visiting Writer Series, call RVC at (815) 921-3323.

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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